June 15, 2019

As I did my best to make small talk with the generous and kind owners, I fought back a wave of emotion. I felt tears trying to well up in my eyes and just smiled bigger, telling them how amazingly the same they had kept the place. I let them believe I was overcome with...

January 10, 2019

I'm part of a small group with some other families from church. Basically, this means that every Wednesday night we get together at someone's house, share a meal, and then have a discussion that is typically based on the prior Sunday's sermon.

Tonight, the discussi...

December 28, 2018

We're on the home stretch of 2018, can you believe it? I know there are people out there that had a great year; but, overwhelmingly, I've heard a lot of people say less than favorable things, including:

  • Worst year ever

  • F***k 2018

  • Can't wait for it to be ov...

November 26, 2018

Here's the thing about being "lost." It's terrifying. It's where you make a choice to give up or to get up. To either lean into the next level of your life, or settle and retreat to a safer, lower level than what you deserve.

October 1, 2018

Trigger warning: Proceed cautiously if you are sensitive to descriptive rape situation.

In 1999 I was raped. I was 20 years old. This is my story.

I met a cute guy at a concert. A couple weeks later, I ran into him again at a sports bar near my apartment. We hung out tha...

September 7, 2018

I travel a lot. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that my regular office hours involve many airports nearly every week. In fact, I keep a list of how many airports I'm in each year - I've done this for 4 years and average over 100 airports per year!

With...

August 10, 2018

I've had an eventful week! On top of getting kids back-to-school ready (Yes! They start Friday, the 10th) and packing for my two week mission trip to Africa, I created a bit of local media stir after we went to the county fair. 

I'll avoid telling you what happened, sin...

July 25, 2018

I grew up in Iowa and almost all of my family still lives there. Every year at Thanksgiving and usually in July - I come back. There's something really amazing about coming back to my roots and remembering where I came from. That, in and of itself, is sacred; however,...

June 19, 2018

As I hit the first keys to start this blog, I'm already laughing because I know that if I ever write a book, it will be called "Faith and F-Bombs." There's really nothing more accurate to describe my life - it's a mess of faith and failure - over and over and over agai...

May 14, 2018

Mother's Day. Oh. Mother's Day. The day when moms across the U.S. wake up to a day of magical pampering, appreciation, and children who have suddenly transformed into these perfectly behaved bundles of cooperation and sunshine.

Uh. Well, that would be really nice. But,...

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